In more normal times - and nothing is normal at the moment - low oil prices benefit the global economy and stocks such as manufacturers and transport companies. Tim Boreham outlines those Australian companies which stand to benefit from significantly lower energy prices.
Morgan Stanley wonders whether the stock is now pricing in success. While further outperformance in the near term is possible it will depend on cost initiatives, commodity prices or progress at Narrabri.
Santos will acquire ConocoPhillips' northern Australian assets for $1.39bn. The transaction will be funded from free cash flow and $750m in new debt facilities as well as a 25% equity sell-down of Bayu-Undan and Darwin LNG.
UBS slightly reduces forecasts for oil prices through to 2021 but retains a long-term oil price at US$70/bbl, which is expected through 2022-24. The revised outlook for the next couple of years reflects a more subdued view on global demand, in line with economic forecasts.